Say, you’re looking in Beverly Hills and the surrounding L.A. area for a cosmetic surgeon to do rhinoplasty, face and neck lift, or some other procedure. You want the procedure done once and as well as human hands can do.
(See some rhinoplasty before & after pictures.)
Given that cosmetic surgeons in Beverly Hills and L.A. are as thick of fleas, you have hundreds of choices, all with seemingly excellent patient reviews and before and after surgery pictures.
(Really! What cosmetic surgeon would post bad cosmetic surgery before and after photos?)
You can save some shoe leather, minimize traffic woe and wasted hours of time with some short phone calls. Plus, cosmetic surgeon first consultation fees range from $100 to $200.
Use your computer to read patient review letters on surgeons’ websites, at Yelp, Face Book, RealSelf.com and other review sites. Then, draw up a list of likely cosmetic surgeons who could achieve your rejuvenation goals.
Next, use your phone for some short screening calls. Make a “call sheet” with the doctors’ names, address, website URL, phone and room to jot some notes.
Your purpose: many items you pay for in a first consultation can be obtained over the phone for free.
1st question: “Is the doctor board-certified?” If yes, which board? Jot it down. (Some cosmetic surgery boards are not recognized in medicine.)
2nd query: Did the doctor serve a cosmetic fellowship?
(Learn more about a cosmetic plastic surgery fellowship.)
3rd question; “Is the practice only for cosmetic surgery?”
At this point, if you don’t have two “yes” answers, call the next cosmetic surgeon on the list, repeat the above, plus:
1st question: “What five procedures does the doctor do most?” If your desired surgery is not on the list, hang up.
2nd question: if your procedure of choice IS among the most performed: “Where does the doctor do his surgeries? In the office? Outpatient surgery center? Hospital?” (Circle the response.)
3rd query: “Is that facility licensed by the state, by Medicare or accredited by JCAHO, AAAASF or AAAHC? (Circle the answer.) If none of the above apply, you would be in danger in surgery. Go to the next cosmetic surgeon on the list.
(Read what JCAHO, and other cosmetic surgery certifying bodies do.)
When you find a cosmetic surgeon whose office answers all of the above correctly, THEN, make an appointment for an initial consultation.